...By Solomon Thomas for TDPel Media.
A new ITVX documentary delves into the lives of 23 Britons who were killed when US law enforcement agencies stormed the Texas compound of cult leader David Koresh in 1993.
The two-part docuseries uses new testimony and reconstructions to explore how Koresh convinced Seventh Day Adventists in Britain to join his sect, the Branch Davidians, and the events that led to a deadly shootout and fire at the compound.
This article previews both episodes of ‘Waco Untold: The British Stories’.
Episode One: The first episode of the series examines how Koresh travelled to Britain to recruit members of his cult, and how he managed to convince them that he was the son of God.
The programme features testimonies of former cult members who were reeled in by Koresh’s charisma and religious messages.
It also explores how authorities realised something was wrong at the compound, leading to a 51-day standoff which culminated in a massive gunfight and a blaze that engulfed the compound, killing 86 people.
Episode Two: The second episode of the series examines the US authorities’ response to the siege and the continuing impact of the event.
The episode also explores what life was like for those inside the Mount Carmel compound with David Koresh, and the British authorities’ involvement.
The programme features testimonies from relatives of the Brits who joined the cult and insights from FBI agents and cult experts.
Commentary: The Waco siege remains one of the most tragic and controversial events in modern US history, and the stories of the British victims have largely been overlooked.
This ITVX documentary sheds light on their experiences and the events that led to their deaths.
The documentary uses never-before-seen footage, testimonials, and FBI recordings to reveal new details about the events that unfolded in Waco.
The programme provides a powerful insight into the dangers of cults and the devastating impact they can have on families and communities.